Former Sheffield United defender Rob Page to continue as Wales boss as Ryan Giggs remains on leave

Rob Page, the former Sheffield United captain, will again take caretaker charge of Wales for their upcoming games after it was announced that Ryan Giggs will remain on leave.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 10:34 am

Giggs was arrested on suspicion of assault at the start of November and last month had his bail extended until May 1.

The 47-year-old former Manchester United winger and assistant manager had a reported row with girlfriend Kate Greville and missed Wales' Nations League fixtures in November, as former Bramall Lane defender Page replaced him at the helm after stepping up from U21 boss.

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"The Football Association of Wales and Ryan Giggs have mutually agreed that he will not be involved in the upcoming international camp," said an FAW statement.

"Robert Page will take charge for the next three matches against Belgium, Mexico and the Czech Republic and will be supported by Albert Stuivenberg as was the case during the last international window in November."

Page, who made 128 appearances for United after arriving from Watford in 2001, oversaw victories against the Republic of Ireland and Finland in November as Wales were promoted into the top tier of European football.

Wales caretaker manager Robert Page. Nick Potts/PA Wire.

The former Wales captain will now take charge of the Dragons' opening two World Cup qualifiers this month.

Wales start their Group E campaign away to Belgium, the FIFA ranked number one side in the world, on March 24 before hosting the Czech Republic in Cardiff six days later.

Mexico are also due to play a Cardiff City Stadium friendly on March 27, and Page will announce his squad for the three games on Monday. United’s Rhys Norrington-Davies and Ethan Ampadu are expected to be involved.